A generous donor has pledged to match every dollar raised for our work, up to $40,000. FORT supporters have already contributed $32,000. We need your help to raise another $8,000 by June 1st to complete the match and reach our goal. Your gift of any size will fund our campaign to encourage the RTC to make the right choice -- rail transit on the rail corridor. Invest in the future here.
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Friends of the Rail & Trail
Post Office Box 1652
Capitola, CA 95010
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Construction on the Coastal Rail Trail is continuing during this challenging shelter-in-place environment. You can take a “social distancing” walk to see the progress on Westside Rail Trail, Segment 7, between Dufour Street and Almar Avenue.
New Trail Between Bay Street and Lennox Street
Credit the City of Santa Cruz, Public Works Dept. Nathan Nguyen, P.E.
When finished, Phase I will extend from Natural Bridges Drive to Bay Street and is on track to be completed in September of this year.
Phase II, from Bay Street to Pacific Avenue at the wharf roundabout, has been designed and has all of the needed permits. Once all of the funding is in place, construction can begin.
The City of Santa Cruz will be hiring a design consultant soon for Segments 8 and 9 from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to 17th Avenue.
Trail construction in Watsonville is moving forward. Granite Rock may be able start work on Segment 18 this month.
Due to cost overruns on other federal projects, the Central Federal Lands (CFL) has delayed funding for Segment 5 of the North Coast Rail Trail (Davenport to Wilder Ranch) until 2024. While a delay is very disappointing, we appreciate that the CFL is committed to making this project happen and to completing all of the pre-construction work so that this segment will be shovel-ready by the middle of 2021 if grants become available.
Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Final Master Plan
Credit Santa Cruz County RTC
Please send an email comment to the RTC!
The Regional Transportation Commission will soon decide if the rail corridor will be used for passenger rail or some kind of bus service. Right now is the time to let them know you want rail service, not bus service, on the rail corridor. If you have two minutes, please use the form below to send the RTC an email.
The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) recently kicked off the Monterey Bay Area Rail Network Integration Study which will lay the groundwork for implementing the 2018 California State Rail Plan. The plan includes regional rail service between Monterey County and Santa Clara County, Monterey and Santa Cruz, and the Coast Rail Corridor.
: Please take a quick RTC survey to support rail transit in the rail corridor!
Please support rail transit by taking a quick survey now!
The four-item Draft Short List of Alternatives for transit on the rail corridor has been released. Our input in support of a rail option is needed now to make it clear to the RTC staff and commissioners which choices are best for our community. The deadline for public input is May 11, 2020. The Draft Short List of Alternatives is as follows:
We have the opportunity to voice our opinion until May 11, 2020, when the RTC staff will give a recommendation to the Commission. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. If you'd like suggestions on the survey, please see our question-by-question guide and comparison table below.
FORT’s Guide to The Survey:
Question 1: BRT meets none of the listed transportation needs.
Question 2: Light Rail meets all of the listed transportation needs.
Question 3: Commuter Rail meets all of the listed transportation needs.
Question 4: Autonomous Road “Train” meets some of the listed transportation needs. However, this would require expensive and time-consuming demolition and reconstruction of the entire rail corridor, would prevent any future rail use, and is an unproven technology, not currently regulated for use anywhere in the USA, that comes with many risks and unknowns.
Question 13: The survey asks about the importance of freight and other rail businesses. Please show support for Roaring Camp by checking “Very Important” and point out that Roaring Camp needs the rail line.
Question 15: One-way trips with a bicycle could be mentioned here.
Question 16: FORT recommends choosing these 2 options:
Question 18: asks for your final comments. Here are some suggested talking points:
FORT's Breakdown of the Alternatives Analysis Data:
Here is a quick comparison of the four short-listed options using only data from the RTC open house website.
To learn more, go to the RTC Online Open House.
To take a deeper dive into FORT’s analysis, see the document below, which translates the RTC letter grades into numeric scores for each alternative.
From Sally Arnold, Chair of the Friends of the Rail & Trail
Wishing you a clear 2020 vision of transportation in Santa Cruz County!